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The proposed Peterborough Innovation Centre is to have an 'environment focus', making it a totally unique facility, it was announced on Wednesday 7 November 2001.

Gloria Milne, chief executive of Greater Peterborough Investment Agency (GPIA) and a member of the steering group behind the innovation centre project, gave news of the expanded role for the centre to almost 200 local business and civic leaders attending GPIA's annual review meeting.

Gloria Milne, chief executive of Greater Peterborough Investment Agency, tells GPIA's annual review meeting of the innovation centre plans.


She said: "We are actively investigating the exciting possibility that the innovation centre should become a national resource for businesses specifically dedicated to the development of environment-related technologies and sustainable development solutions.

"If this plan comes to fruition it means that the centre will not only facilitate the growth of dynamic new knowledge-based firms by providing them with premises and a range of support services. It will also build on Peterborough’s growing reputation for its environmental businesses by helping to develop a whole new generation of such firms. At the same time it will help to make a real contribution to tackling the world's environmental challenges."

Although there are many innovation centres across the UK - and the rest of the world - none have the 'environment focus' proposed for the Peterborough centre.

Current plans for the centre are for a building of between 30,000 and 40,000 square feet (2,800 and 3,700 square metres). It will provide clients from a wide variety of business sectors, and which meet a set of entry requirements, with units ranging in size from 275 square feet to 1,700 square feet (23 to 160 square metres). There will also be central meeting rooms, a restaurant, reception and post and photocopying facilities - all situated in a purpose-built building.

The steering group - headed by GPIA chairman John Durance - has already identified 20 possible sites for the centre and is now working to narrow this list down to a smaller number for detailed consideration.

November 2001

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Tel: 01832 280536
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